I checked my calendar and discovered that Wednesday (actually Tuesday night immediately after sunset) was Yom Kippur. I started to not bring it up. But if I blog, I blog for God!
As followers of Christ, we owe a tremendous debt to the Jewish people. Christianity came out of Judaism and we believe that Jesus Christ in indeed the Messiah the Jews waited for. Isaiah 53 speaks of the suffering servant who “…was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: The chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes were healed.” Isaiah 53:5 (KJV). There also has been a fair amount of meanness toward Jews by so-called Christians. A few, like Luther, were misguided, but others were not truly a part of the followers of Jesus. (That is why you see me use often the term “follower of Jesus” or “follower of Jesus Christ” rather than “Chrstian” in describing what I believe.) I might not have done anything mean but I cannot but ache for hatreds of the past (and in a few cases present). I am a strong supporter of Israel and believe it to be a fulfillment of Biblical prophecy.
But I invite my Jewish readers as they celebrate this new year 5773 to consider Jesus as Messiah. Could He be the one described in Isaiah 53? Jesus was crucified and was indeed “wounded”:
But when they [the Roman soldiers] came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs: But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water. And he that saw it bare record [The Apostle John], and his record is true: And he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe. For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, a bone of him shall not be broken. And again another scripture saith, They shall look on him whom they pierced.” John 19:33-37 (KJV).
The first scripture (from the Old Testament) cited here is probably Psalm 34:20, ascribed to King David, which says:
“He keepeth all his bones: not one of them shall be broken.” (KJV)
The second passage cites Pslam 22:16: “…they pierced my hands and my feet…” (KJV) and also Zechariah 12:9-10, which said in the King James Version:
“And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and supplications: and they shall look upon me, whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him,…”
Who is the “I” here? Zechariah says it is the Lord thy God! Look at verse one: “The burden of the word of the Lord for Israel, saith the Lord,…” (KJV) [By the way, I am not a King James "nut", it is just in the public domain and no copyright notice is required for this edition of the Bible! Check out these verses in a more modern translation if you choose. They read virtually the same.) Was the Lord pierced? Jesus was pierced by the Roman soldiers according to the New Testament. Jesus cited Psalm 22:1 almost exactly:
"And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying 'Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani' that is to say, My God, My God why hast thou forsaken me?" Matthew 27:46 (KJV)
"My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me" is KJV for Psalm 22:1! What about the soldiers gambling for Jesus' clothes, described here at John 19:24:
"Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, whose shall it be..."
Compare with Psalm 22:18 (KJV):
"They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture."
All these verses are not something that the human Jesus had any control over. He could not have manipulated events so that these Old Testament scriptures might be fulfilled in Him. I would ask ALL my readers, Jewish or not, to consider what the learned Pharisee Gamaliel is cited to have said in the Book of Acts at 5:35, 39:
"And said unto them, Ye men of Israel, take heed to yourselves what you intend to do as touching these men. * * * But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God."
Don't risk fighting against God. Examine the claims of Jesus - not the behavior of some "Christians"! Revelation is clear at chapter one verse seven (KJV):
"Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen."
I have said before at this blog that every people group will be at the throne of glory worshiping God the Father and Jesus His Son! It says in Revelation that "...for thou wast slaim, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests..." (Revelation 5:9 [KJV]) You can be a part of that; note that no one loses their identity in this redemption: Every people group, including Jews, are recognizable. Consider the claims of Jesus as Messiah today. Go here today, right now, to learn more about how to receive Jesus as Lord and Savior!